Reef n Rock

Reef n Rock

30 Days

The very best Eastern and Central Australia has to offer, all in one trek. From Sydney to Fraser Island, the Great Barrier Reef and the Northern Rainforests. You will travel through the open Savannah country, then up to the tropical Darwin and the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park. Spend time learning some of the aboriginal ancient ways and cultures, then head South to Alice Springs, hike Kings Canyon then marvel at the enormity of Ayers Rock and the awe inspiring Kata Tjuta (the Olgas).

Tour Information

This tour may operate in either direction.

Day 1: Sydney - Coffs Harbour
Say a fond farewell to Sydney via the harbour bridge and set out on your camping adventure. Travel the coast road through Taree and stop at a koala breeding park & sanctuary before heading onto your first night's accommodation in cabins on the beach. A great opportunity for a BBQ tonight.
(Cabin Accommodation)

Day 2: Coffs Harbour - Byron Bay
After a walk on the beach you head to Byron Bay and walk out to Australia's most easterly point. Look out for dolphins playing in the surf. This evening we will chill out in town or have a beach party.
(Camping Accommodation)

Day 3: Byron Bay - Fraser Island
An early start to head up the coast to Hervey Bay. We pickup our 4WD vehicles and then a short ferry crossing to Fraser Island. Explore the world's largest sand island and see crystal clear lakes and wild dingoes. We will cross over to the eastern beaches and head to Central Station for our first night on the island.
(Camping Accommodation)

Day 4: Fraser Island
Continuing up the beach today we visit some of the unusual rock formations and a shipwreck. You will have the opportunity to swim in the clear waters of Eli Creek & Lake Mackenzie before setting up camp next to the beach.
(Camping Accommodation)

Day 5: Fraser Island - Mirian Vale
We head back across Fraser island and catch the lunchtime ferry back to the mainland then a short drive to our campsite. (Camping Accommodation)

Day 6: Mirian Vale - Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Islands
This morning we cross the Tropic of Capricorn before our stop at Clearview. Continuing on through the sugar cane passing Mackay we reach Airlie Beach, gateway to the WhitSunday Islands and some of the most picturesque sailing in the world. Our campsite is located in the rain forest tonight and we may try the local night sports for our evening meal.
(Camping Accommodation)

Day 7: Airlie Beach
The choice today is yours. Choose between a full day on a fast Maxi sailing yacht, take a cruise to a millionaire's resort, catch a launch to discover the underwater observatory, bunjee jump, sky-dive, jet-ski or just lie by the pool! In the evening you can check out a live band & the local nightlife.
(Camping Accommodation)

Day 8: Airlie Beach - Mission Beach
Heading further north along the coast via the city of Townsville we reach Mission Beach, our home for the next two nights. We camp right next to the beach overlooking Dunk Island.
(Camping Accommodation)

Day 9: Mission Beach
For those with a strong sense of adventure there is adrenaline pumping white water rafting or sea kayaking. Alternatively take the daily boat service out to Dunk Island and try the unsurpassed rainforest hikes or even muster the courage to go tandem sky-diving. For a more leisurely day simply lounge on Mission Beach and work on your suntan.
(Camping Accommodation)

Day 10: Mission Beach - Cairns
A late start today as we head north towards Cairns. We may go for a swim at a local waterfall before checking into our motel.
(Motel Accommodation)

Day 11: Cairns - Outer Barrier Reef
Today you will explore the reef on our sailing boat to the Outer Barrier Reef.. You can try scuba diving (no previous experience necessary), hands feed the fish and snorkel among the vibrant coral in the warm tropical waters. Enjoy wine & nibbles with the crew for the sail back to Cairns. A day you will remember for the rest of your life.
(Motel Accommodation)

Day 12: Cairns - Innot Hot Springs
After a morning stocking up the supplies we travel up & over the Great Dividing Range. Maybe stop at a tea plantation & learn about the intense agriculture in this area. Take time out for a soothing swim at the hot springs this evening. A great spot for a camp fire tonight.
(Camping Accommodation)

Day 13: Innot Hot Springs - Leicharts Lagoon
Another easy morning start as we head west passing through small towns like Mt Surprise. A beer at Georgetown pub and afternoon tea in the Croydon General Store help us adjust to the Savanna Country. We arrive mid afternoon at our semi bush camp, complete with hot showers and a fire. Its miles from anywhere but the view next to the billabong is great.
(Bush Camp Accommodation)

Day 14. Leicharts Lagoon - Mount Isa
This morning, see the unique "Gulflander" train and historic Normanton. We travel through some vastly changing landscape en route to Cloncurry were you can join a tour of the "Flying Doctor Museum" or the Riversleigh Fossil Museum. Tonight's camp is in the mining town of Mt Isa complete with a pool.
(Camping Accommodation)

Day 15: Mount Isa - Bush Camp
An early start today as we depart Queensland through Camooweal and enter the exciting Northern Territory. Today you can see just how flat this remarkable country is. We camp on the banks of a river near Cape Crawford. A good opportunity to have a damper cooked in the coals of the fire.
(Bush Camp Accommodation)

Day 16: Bush Camp - Katherine Gorge
Visit the historic Daly Waters Hotel for a refreshing drink, then take a refreshing dip in the turquoise waters of Mataranka's thermal pool, nestled amongst tall shady palms. We continue onto Katherine to stock up on food before heading down to our camp close to Katherine Gorge.
(Camping Accommodation)

Day 17: Katherine Gorge - Litchfield National Park
Start the day with a cruise up two of the most spectacular gorge systems. Then head further north to the see the famous magnetic termite mounds. We camp next to waterfalls in Litchfield National Park this evening
(Bush Camp Accommodation)

Day 18: Litchfield National Park - Darwin
There is time for a morning swim at Florence Falls before arriving this afternoon back to civilisation in Darwin with a real bed in the multi million-dollar YHA. We normally go out for a meal and perhaps a fling at a nightclub for those in a party mood.
(YHA Accommodation)

Day 19: Darwin
A free day to take in the sights of this frontier city. See the museums, the historic early settlement or take a trip on the "Tour Tub!", an open top bus trip of the city. And you'll have the chance to do laundry or just chill out by the pool.
(YHA Accommodation)

Day 20: Darwin - Kakadu National Park
A chance for last minute shopping before we head out to the "World Heritage Listed" Kakadu National Park. Learn about the rock art at the Ubir gallery before watching the sunset where the aborigines have lived for over 40,000 years.
(Camping Accommodation)

Day 21: Kakadu National Park
Check out the mining support town of Jabiru before we hit the multi-million dollar Kakadu visitor's centre. This afternoon you are off to Nourlangie Rock to see aboriginal rock art thousands of years old. Feel the significance of this timeless land & explore the new cultural centre.
(Camping Accommodation)

Day 22: Kakadu - Manyallaluk
An early start to catch the Yellow Water Billabong Cruise to beat the heat. Crocodiles, birds, snakes, dingos and much more abound in this area. After a swim at lunch, we head out of Kakadu and down through Katherine to camp on an aboriginal station.
(Camping Accommodation)

Day 23: Manyallaluk - Mataranka Hot Springs
This morning we join the locals to learn about "Bush Tucker", how to throw a spear or even "make fire" using two sticks. Find out how the aboriginals existed for thousands of years in harmony with their surroundings. The aborigines themselves teach the ancient skills. Also a great opportunity to purchase didgeridoos, paintings & woven baskets from the people who make them. We have time for another relaxing swim at Mataranka Hot Springs after setting up camp.
(Camping Accommodation)

Day 24: Mataranka Hot Springs - Devils Marbles
The road south leads us past the Daily Waters Pub again. Visit the gold mining town of Tennant Creek before arriving at the eerie Devils Marbles in time for sunset. There are several short hikes around the area & some stunning photographs to be taken.
(Bush Camp Accommodation)

Day 25: Devils Marbles - Alice Springs
Up early for those priceless sunrise shots on the boulders. We arrive at Alice Springs mid afternoon & set up camp in the best campground in the Territory before heading out on the town for a meal & some nightlife.
(Camping Accommodation)

Day 26: Alice Springs
A free day to take time out in Alice Springs before taking a hot air balloon flight, complete with champagne breakfast. Consider a day tour through the Western MacDonnell ranges, where you can see Simpson's Gap, the Ochre Pits or even hike around Ormiston Gorge. Why not eat out in one of the great restaurants or maybe have pizza?
(Camping Accommodation)

Day 27: Alice Springs - Kings Canyon
This morning we will visit a working camel farm and you can catch a camel ride overstunning sand hills as we hit the track south to Erldunda. Marvel at the shear cliffs of Kings Canyon as we hike up the canyon floor before setting up camp at this inland oasis.
(Camping Accommodation)

Day 28: Kings Canyon - Ayers Rock
After breakfast we hit the rim trail for a hike over the Lost City and the Garden of Eden before driving to our camp in Yullara mid afternoon. Plenty of time this evening for that world famous picture of Uluru (Ayers Rock) at sunset.
(Camping Accommodation)

Day 29: Ayers Rock
Take our challenge and walk around the base of one of the worlds' largest monoliths. We will explain and teach you some aboriginal legends that abound in this World Heritage Area. Later this afternoon you can explore the Olgas before viewing the sunset.
(Camping Accommodation)

Day 30: Ayers Rock
Maybe a sunrise photo for those up early enough, then more time to explore Uluru and Kata Tjuta. We'll also take you to the excellent cultural centre which has some excellent displays illustrating the history of the National Park and the myths that surround Uluru in the aboriginal culture. It is fitting that it is here at the heart of Australia's aboriginal lands that we end our journey.

Booking Information What's Included?
  • Services of a professional tour leader
  • All transportation by Mercedes or Toyota mini-bus
  • 5 nights hardtop & 23 nights camping accommodation
  • All camping equipment (except your sleeping bag)
  • Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary visit
  • Byron Bay & lighthouse
  • 2 day 4WD adventure on Fraser Island
  • Excellent rainforest hiking
  • Full day cruise to Outer Barrier Reef incl. snorkelling
  • Overnight at Hot Springs
  • Kakadu and Uluru (Ayers Rock) entrance fees
  • Ubir & Nourlangie Aboriginal sites
  • Katherine Gorge Cruise & Litchfield National Park
  • Yellow Water Billabong Cruise
  • Manyallaluk Aboriginal Experience
  • Bush Camp Experience
  • Devils Marbles
  • Kings Canyon Rim & base hikes
  • Visit a working Camel Ranch
  • Ulura (Ayers Rock) base hike
  • Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) hike